Big Sandy to host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March | BSCTC

Big Sandy to host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March

MLK standing at the national mall giving a speach.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will hold the Fourth Annual Unity March commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, 2019 in Pikeville, KY.  

 In his 1957 sermon “Loving Your Enemies,” Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote “love is the only creative, redemptive, transforming power in the universe,” and as we begin a new year amidst so many clashing voices, these words resonate with “redemptive” hope that we as Appalachians will rise to the occasion to unite in thought, word, and action to build up our communities with compassionate solutions to our problems. 

In this same spirit, the march will be held Monday, January 21, 2019 beginning at the parking garage on Hambley Boulevard in downtown Pikeville at 10:00 a.m. Participants will travel through town and finish at the Pikeville United Methodist Church for the recitation of “I Have a Dream” performed by Associate Pastor Justin Preston. Pastor Marvin King, Jr. is the guest speaker. 

Tina Terry, Co-Director of Diversity at BSCTC stated, “We are delighted that this event, centered on hope, is quickly growing with the great help of our partners.  It is a very important time for our communities in Central Appalachia to come together and experience the lessons Dr. King instilled in the collective minds of our country over sixty years ago. His philosophies regarding equality, poverty, and unity are fundamental to our democracy-- always.” 

This event has been so successful that it will now include a day of community service on Saturday, January 19, at 9:00 a.m. at Westcare Homeless Shelter in Pikeville. There are opportunities to clean, paint, and help with building repairs. Donations of cleaning supplies are requested. 

Big Sandy Community and Technical College is proud to host the 4th Annual Unity March in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in partnership with the City of Pikeville, University of Pikeville, Progress Pike, House of Prayer and Worship, Pikeville United Methodist Church, and Community Trust Bank. 

For more information about the Unity March, contact Tina Terry at (606) 886-7374 or email

For more information about the donation of cleaning supplies and community service at Westcare Homeless Shelter, contact Lagenia Layne at (606) 434-6160.